The last time there was an American-made, highly secretive Godzilla movie in the works, hype and attention were at an all time high. For the first time since the 70s, it wasn’t just weirdos like me pining for a good look at the beast, it was mainstream Moviegoer Dude (not a bad guy, give him a chance). So here we are again, more than 15 years later, and it’s happening all over again… but this time, god damn it, I think we’ve got a good movie on our hands.
And if not a good movie-by-movie’s standards, then surely a good Godzilla movie. The treatment in this trailer, where he’s obscured, feared, impossibly huge and plodding – and not to mention seen murdering thousands (millions?) with no actual feeling toward the world, that’s all awesome. That’s imposing and startling, something the original movie did way back in 1954.
If this film does what it’s apparently setting out to do, it’ll attempt to approach the same feeling of that black and white original. That is, we should feel some sense of horror, we should be confronted with some kind of real-world fear, and Godzilla should be seen as a natural disaster of our own making, not a reptilian savior or friend to children (not dumping on those versions either, they’re what lured me in!). As a fan since roughly age 7, I am down with this flick.
But uh yeah! Thoughts? This director’s previous work includes Monsters, which you should definitely check out. Don’t go in expecting a typical monster movie though…
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